"The criteria is research excellence, which is measured by academic productivity (peer reviewed publications). Funding is a tool not result."
A в стандартной заготовке письма ко внешним рекомендателям у того же человека написано:
"The campus-wide executive committee also requests (a) a statement regarding your relation to the candidate, (b) evaluation of quantity and quality of candidate’s research, (c) candidate’s standing in the subject and profession, (d) anticipated future contributions by the candidate to his area of research and (e) assessment of the candidate’s record of research funding (number and magnitude of grants) and probability of continued success compared to others in his field. "
То есть авторов внешних писем прямо просят оценить величину и количество грантов.