Does "appropriately ambitious" on an ESI grant mean "ambitious enough" (go big) or "easy there, tiger" (don't overreach)?
— Michael Hendricks (@MHendr1cks) August 22, 2014
It is always good to remember that sometimes comments in the written critique are not directed at the applicant.
Technically, of course these comments are directed at Program Staff in an advisory capacity. Not to help the applicant in any way whatsoever- assistance in revising is a side effect.
Still a comment that opposes a Stock Criticism is particularly likely to be there for the consumption of either Program or the other reviewers.
It is meant to preempt the Stock Criticism when the person making the comment lies the grant.