A few observations:
- The main reason to do this is one of citizenship: you can really see the process work, learn how to improve your own proposals, and reassure yourself that the people reviewing the grants have a clue.
- Why are there never people from top 15 schools at these panels? Are they really only involved in things like site visits for major center proposals? Seriously, I've never seen someone from any Ivy League school, any of the UC schools, MIT, CalTech, Stanford, Illinois, etc. on one of these things. Are they really all that much busier than me?
- It's painful when someone is on a panel that is not technologically literate enough to handle the web-based system.
- It's equally painful when someone bails at the last minute, doesn't review their share, and doesn't show up.
- This is still the best system around. Scary.