From NIAID Funding Newsletter
You may find yourself tempted to name key personnel other than formal
coinvestigators, consultants, and collaborators in your application, but we
advise against doing so.
It's an understandable impulse—after all, applicants know about the
"Investigators" review criterion and they want to show that they're
well-connected in their areas of science. However, naming people who aren't
involved, even as members of outside advisory panels, doesn't bolster claims of
Name-dropping may also make your review more challenging, since doing so
restricts the potential pool of reviewers. To avoid conflict of interest, review
staff can't allow those you mention or suggest to review your application. That
includes those in your immediate area of science who might otherwise have been
your closest allies.
Instead of suggesting appropriate reviewers by name, you could use your cover
letter to list the types of scientific expertise that would be ideal for the