For some funding schemes, applicants have the opportunity to write a rebuttal to the initial reviews of the proposal. Although some of the comments you receive may be unfair, irrelevant, or plain stupid, it’s your job to write a rebuttal that respectfully addresses reviewers’ comments.
Many mid-career researchers question whether they should apply for a VIDI or an ERC Starting grant. There are some differences to consider. And, when you decide to go for both, you should be a planning rockstar.