If I copy & paste sentences from my own published paper to my grant application, will it be considered self-plagiarism? Is it forbidden? The grant application is not published anywhere; this is an internal submission for the grant agency.

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    Is there a reason why you can't properly quote, e.g. in the sense of "I'm asking for money to further investigate a problem I already discussed in [1], where we found the following interesting questions: (quote)"? – Dirk Oct 16 '17 at 12:29
  • I'd agree that citing is better. Even it's fine for this round (which I think it is fine), in future you may share this grant with your teammates or students, who may lift a couple sentences from the grant for their paper's introduction, it'd be nice to be reminded at that time to avoid accidentally plagiarizing. – Penguin_Knight Oct 16 '17 at 12:51
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    Many questions about plagiarism answer themselves by keeping in mind the following (working) definitions: plagiarism is presenting someone else's contribution as your own contribution; self-plagiarism is presenting (your own) previously published contribution as a new contribution. (Of course, what counts as a contribution depends on the discipline and the context; what is considered boiler-plate in one can be a genuine contribution in another.) For a grant proposal: Any text not describing your new contribution for which you apply for support is not covered. – Christian Clason Oct 16 '17 at 14:01
  • I think the question identified as a duplicate is a bit broader than the question asked here. I think we need a dedicated question for this specific use case. Thus, I vote to re-open. I'd be happy to offer a bounty. – Jeromy Anglim Nov 1 '18 at 1:14