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Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity

Academic Writing and Professional Expertise


Haying Feng

Grant seeking – the first step in knowledge production – has been an indispensable part of academic life, yet a challenging task for neophyte as well as veteran scholars. We are always curious about how grant winners compose their abstracts, cite previous work, present their proposed study, and negotiate with gate-keepers behind the scene. Building upon ethnographic data and a large corpus of authentic research grant proposals and grant reviews, this book intends to demystify the grant seeking activity. It is an invaluable resource for grant agencies, grant reviewers and grant writers, particularly novice grant writers and/or non-native English writers.
Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity is however more than a resource book. It is one of the few studies that draw upon two genre theories, encompass both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, and unite an exploration of macro-level recurrences in discursive activity and micro-level examinations of individual writers’ agency, positioning, negotiation and identity construction. It enhances our understanding of the development of professional expertise in academia and thus will be of interest to researchers in the fields of academic writing, genre analysis and Language for Specific Purposes (LSP).


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Appendix 2: Questions for Technical Writers who ProvideEditorial Support at Universities in Hong Kong - 238


238 sons do you think your proposal was rejected? What did you do after your proposal was rejected? Reflections 1. If you were to offer advice to a neophyte grant applicant, what would your advice be? Appendix 2:Questions for Technical Writers who Provide Editorial Support at Universities in Hong Kong 1. What role do you think you play in scholars’ grant writing and grant application? 2. Could you describe the scholars who seek your help in grant writing? For instance, their age, professional status, the discipline they are in? Are they all second language writers of English? In light of your personal experience, approximately what percentage of scholars who submit a CERG proposal would seek an editor’s help? 3. When you edit the grant proposals, what do you usually focus on? Readability and accuracy? The tone and style? Citations and cita- tional format? Research methodology? Or something else? 4. What do you think are the major problems scholars have in their grant writing? Could you please give some examples? 5. Do you think native English writers may also encounter problems in grant writing? If yes, how are their problems different from or simi- lar to those of second language writers? 6. Do scholars usually accept your comments and suggestions for revi- sion? 7. If you were to offer advice to a neophyte grant applicant, what would your advice be?

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