Science Facilitation

Does the grant proposal you are working on call for convergent research, integrated research, cross-cutting questions, or a multi-disciplinary approach?  Then you might need a science facilitator

About Facilitation

Who: Whole teams, Retreats, and Workshops

What: Science Facilitation is about creating a process to create new knowledge.

  • Divergent Science uses a combination of team science and science facilitation to align the team’s ideas and objectives to write large complex proposals
  • A customized approach that includes a combination of trainings/workshops, facilitated meetings (kick-off meetings, onboarding calls, and more!).

When: 6-12 months before the proposal deadline.  

Where: Virtual or In-person

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We use thoughtful pricing based on your current team needs.

Contact us for a customized Scope of work for your team or institution.

How it Works

Teams *think* that decision-making looks like this because they have a clear end goal (submit the proposal):

In reality team members have different values, visions, and ideas about the research.  Their thinking actually looks more like this:

Divergent Science will use a combination of science facilitation and SciTS literature to help the team engage in product divergent thinking and convergent thinking to align ideas with the team vision and create new knowledge.

This might sound easy in practice.  However, facilitation literature calls the region in the middle the groan zone.  This is where teams wander, get lost, and have conflicts.  Our goal is to turn the groan zone into a space of creativity to propel scientific ideas.  

We facilitate a series of exercises and workshops starting 6-12 months before the grant application deadline to help teams get through the groan zone and develop their proposal.  The Divergent Science Mission is to empower scientific teams to create new knowledge and build solutions to solve complex global challenges.

Contact us for a customized scope of work for your team or institution.

How Else Can We Collaborate?

Do you have other team science facilitation, evaluation, and consulting questions? Team science is fundamentally interdisciplinary.  As a chemist, sociologist, higher education administrator, student affairs professional, and team scientist we cover a lot of disciplinary ground, but there is always more.  We work with a team of statisticians to do evaluation and visualizations.  


  • Hall, K. L., Vogel, A. L., Stipelman, B. A., Stokols, D., Morgan, G., & Gehlert, S. (2012). A four-phase model of transdisciplinary team-based research: Goals, team processes, and strategies. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2(4), 415–430.
  • Kaner, S., Lind, L., Toldi, C., Fisk, S., & Berger, D. (2014). Facilitator’s guide to participatory decision-making, second edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Tuckman, B. W., & Jensen, M. A. C. (1977). Stages of Small-Group Development Revisited Purpose of Methodology of This Review Review of the “ New ” Literature Purposive Performing. Group and Organisational Studies, 2(December), 6. Retrieved from

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