Attention filmmakers - the 2016 Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant & Lab Fellowship has officially opened for submissions. Established in 2005, the Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant is an annual cash award for a science or technology related project in the early stages of development. Additionally, one Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging screenwriter to support the ongoing development of a narrative, feature-length screenplay with science or technology themes. Previous recipients of the grant include Michael Almereyda's upcoming Experimenter and Rob Meyers' A Birder's Guide to Everything.

The Sundance Institute released the following eligibility requirements:

- Project must be a feature length film narrative (no documentaries).
- Screenwriter(s) can be at any stage of their career, with no prior produced work or many produced works. However, only emerging screenwriters (those with less than two produced screenplays) will be considered for the Lab Fellowship.
- Project must be live action.
- Project must be English language, although the screenwriter does not need to reside in the US.
- Status of project may range from detailed treatment to full screenplay form. However, only full screenplays will be considered for the Fellowship.
- If based on other material, the screenwriter (or submitting party) must have an option or ownership of the source material.

The Commissioning Grant recipient will receive:

- A cash grant of $20,000 to provide support during the writing period
- A stipend of $5,000 for a science advisor and research
- Creative support during the writing process from a Creative Advisor
- The possibility of a Fellowship to a Lab
- Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff

The Lab Fellowship recipient will receive:

- Attendance as a Fellow at a Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, or Sundance Film Festival
- A cash grant of $10,000 to provide support during the development of the project
- A stipend of $5,000 for a science advisor
- Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff

The deadline to apply is September 9. For more information and to apply, visit the Sundance Institute website.