That extensive quote from a black PI who had participated in the ECR program is sticking with me.
Insider status isn't binary, of course. It is very fluid within the grant-funded science game. There are various spectra along multiple dimensions.
But make no mistake it is real. And Insider status is advantageous. It can be make-or-break crucial to a career at many stages.
I'm thinking about the benefits of being a full reviewer with occasional/repeated ad hoc status or full membership.
One of those benefits is that other reviewers in SEPs or closely related panels are less likely to mess with you.
It isn't any sort of quid pro quo guarantee. Of course not. But I guarantee that a reviewer who thinks this PI might be reviewing her own proposal in the near future has a bias. A review cant. An alerting response. Whatever.
It is different. And, I would submit, generally to the favor of the applicant that possesses this Mutually Assured Destruction power.
The Ginther finding arose from a thousand cuts, I argue. This is possibly one of them.