Distributed peer review is a process in which one member of the proposal team, either the Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-Investigator (co-I), commits to review ten other submitted proposals. Therefore, the best proposals are selected by peer review, but instead of having a small committee review a large number of proposals, a larger number of people each review a smaller number of proposals. In this manner, the review load is distributed among many peers, and any individual reviewer will have a lower workload, with more time to spend reviewing each assigned proposal.
Detailed information on how distributed peer review works for ALMA is provided on the Science Portal. If you have any remaining questions feel free to contact the ALMA Helpdesk and specify the Project Handling department.