chapter  10
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Formulating the Fundable Problem

The transactional documents used in R&D procurement have a characteristic architecture. Like the houses in a developer's plat, their texts are constructed along the same lines. Although they may have different facades, they all have the same interior space, following the same floor plan with a few optional variations. The textual space in these documents, by and large, is arranged according to one predominant rhetorical mode, one that necessitates the interpreting of information. Within the texts you can even see knowledge being produced. That process has our attention right now. How the architecture of these texts generates knowledge is our subject.