January 10, 2013
Everyone is going to hate you, pretty much.
Think about it. You have 7-10 grants assigned in your pile on a typical study section these days. Odds are good that at best one or two of these is going to be good enough to be in the hunt for funding. The rest of the panel is in the same boat, so it really doesn’t matter that the applicants don’t know precisely which of you* on the panel reviewed his or her proposal.
80-90 % of the applicants are going to be mad at you.
Since you have been selected for expertise in the relevant field…these are people who you know. You know their work and you probably like and cite it. They know you. They know your work.
And for at least a while after they see their disappointing score, and for another while after the pink sheets are posted, they cannot help but hate you a little.
Maybe even a lot.
*If you were triaged you do know for absolute sure that every member listed on that panel roster stood by and refused to pull your application up for discussion.