In FY20 the Science Alliance introduced the Support for Affiliated Research Teams (StART) program. StART is designed to deepen the collaborative spirit between the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The program issues an annual call for proposals with two subsequent submission deadlines. Proposals are evaluated on technical merit, potential for continuing and meaningful collaborations, inclusion of graduate and undergraduate students, and the likelihood for future external funding. The first awards were announced in August, 2019.