Moeller, Ryan and David Christensen "System Mapping: A Genre Field Analysis of the National Science Foundation's Grant Proposal and Funding Process"
In "System Mapping: A Genre Field Analysis of the National Science Foundation's Grant Proposal and Funding Process," Ryan Moeller and David Christensen take readers through the process of applying for a grant using the National Science Foundation's website. Moeller and Christensen set out specific rules for applying for a grant. These rules are usually not the rules described online. Through this article, Moeller and Christensen are trying to decipher the complicated process that is grant writing. They introduce genre theory, play theory, and the agents involved in the process.
In the end, Moeller and Christensen determine that to write a successful grant, a grant writer must develop a relationship with the foundation they're interested in. The more contact and communication a grant writer has with the foundation the more likely they are to have their project funded. They also determined through their research that collaboration with other organizations is a major selling point to funders. In the end, the program officers play a major role in determining if your project will be funded, so communication is key.
The following key terms are defined in the Glossary: agency, genre, genre agents, genre field, play theory, player agents