I gave an application for a funded project to a student as reference material for his Masters thesis. He wants to put a reference to this text into his bibliography. What is the necessary "bibliographic" information to include in this case, and what would be the recommended way to format such a reference?

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The rule with citation of “unusual” references is always something like that:

  1. Make sure you really want to cite it. (In your case, it sounds okay, but most cases of students trying to cite “unusual” stuff end up with me telling them not to cite it)
  2. Include just enough information that the cited item is uniquely identifiable.
  3. If the item is not publicly available, include additional information that hints at its content (such as the title).

For example:

John Aristotle (341 BC). Exploring the impact of introducing a fifth element in Empedocles’s classification of principles [Grant X1FH25 proposal to the Macedonian Science Fundation, Agency for Philosophical Research].


i know that we are not on the LaTeX / TeX site, but when thinking about BibTeX your headache will gone away and it should be rather clear.

@format: That will be made when choosing a bibliograhystyle within your tex file.

@required information: Various bibliography items are demanding different fields.

BibTeX overview

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    Which Bibtex entry type would you recommend for a funding application?
    – silvado
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 8:09
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    I disagree, afaict there is no specific bibtex item type for this so you would have to use something like @misc where virtually everything is optional and you have to work out how to map the information you want to include to the fields bibtex provides in a way that will provide satisfactory output. Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 0:20

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