What is Toni Scarpa smoking? He recently told The Chronicle of Higher Education that
The numbers [of RC1s] are causing concern for the present, as each application requires an average of three reviewers working 12 hours apiece, Dr. Scarpa told agency representatives.
Everyone out there who is spending 12 hours reviewing their Challenge Grants, raise your hand. Based on conversations I've had with investigators here at BICO (& warmer environs elsewhere) in a wide range of disciplines, they uniformly find these proposals, shall we say, unchallenging, to be kind. I'm sure Comrade PhysioProf can provide the appropriate color commentary.
Go read, writedit has a few more interesting details.
But seriously? 12 hours per critique? The CSR comes across as being seriously out of touch with the reality of review now and again, don't they?