We always get a short questionnaire following study section: did it work well, was the expertise appropriate, etc. This year there was an interesting set of questions (with radio buttons to rank):
The availability of caffeine and light refreshments would make face-to-face study section meetings more efficient.
The availability of caffeine and light refreshments would increase the likelihood that I would serve on upcoming panels.
My response to NIH:
I'm old enough to remember when there was caffeine and light refreshments. It has always seemed to me to be kind of stingy not to do this. For heaven's sake, do you think the paltry honorarium we receive compensates for the time we spend? It's less than minimum wage for the time I put into proposals. I do this because I am committed to the process, because I have benefited from the process, because I believe it is important. The idea that coffee would be a bribe, or that a bowl of candy would change my votes is absurd, and insulting.