When in Project tab, allow asset selection just by typing its name. For example if I have asset called "Material1" and start typing "Mat", it should select this asset. If there are more assets that match typed string, select first one.
Right now if we want to select asset by its name we have to use search function which requires moving of mouse and 2 additional clicks. It doesn't seem like much but it adds up over time and described functionality is defacto in any kind file management application.