Okay, I know I said I was too busy to post. But I just got my first major "DID YOU EVEN READ MY F'ING PROPOSAL"-inducing summary statement on my unscored proposal.
I'm serious: every single weakness 'pointed out' by reviewer 1 WAS THE RESULT OF THEM NOT EVEN READING THE PROPOSAL. Each one was something we supposedly "hadn't considered" even though the proposal is full of descriptions and experiments and conditions addressing what they call the weaknesses!!!
The other major weakness they cited was the possibility that some 5+ YEAR OLD papers that showed the particular thing we were addressing may be related to indirect behavior of the system (and not direct) weren't cited, thus the proposal's aims might not matter, even though THE EXTREMELY RECENT PAPERS WE DID CITE show unequivocally that the effects we propose to address ARE DIRECT!!!
They call it a "well-written proposal" addressing a significant issue, and then shit on it for things that DON'T EVEN EXIST in the written document.
The other two reviewers successively:
2. Had problems with the way we described the design: it was TOO SPECIFIC and not a clear enough overview
3. Didn't seem to have a problem at all.
I know that rage serves no purpose except to fuel the energy put into the rewrite. I know that the only way to succeed here is to Do What They Say To Get The Money.
But this shit still pisses. me. off. so. much. RGRGRRRRAAGGHHHH!!@@$##W%$#Q%