Clinical research in the ALF regions

ALF is the abbreviation in Swedish of an agreement between central government and seven regions on physician education and clinical research. The agreement codifies the the parties’ agreement to work together to promote the development of health and medical care, and to collaborate on clinical research and the training of physicians.

What does the ALF agreement entail?

Among other things, the ALF agreement regulates the amount of government funds that is paid to the regions for collaborating in the education of physicians, carrying out clinical research and developing health and medical care.

The payment is divided up into two parts: ALF payment for clinical research, and ALF payment for educating physicians. The Ministry of Education and Research pays out ALF funds.

The ALF agreement states that 20 per cent of the ALF funding for clinical research shall be allocated on the basis of research quality. The allocation of the funding is based on the Swedish Research Council’s evaluation of the quality of clinical research conducted in the ALF regions, and the resource allocation model produced by the national ALF steering committee.

ALF agreement (in Swedish)PDF (pdf, 487.6 kB)

Model for resource allocation

The agreement covers seven regions

The ALF agreement is supplemented with regional agreements between the regions and the universities with medical faculties. The region and the university form a joint management body for issues relating to clinical research and the training of physicians. Together, they have joint responsibility for clinical research in the region, and form an ALF region.

Regions and universities in the ALF regions

ALF-regionRegionUniversity
StockholmRegion StockholmKarolinska Institutet, KI
Västra GötalandRegion Västra GötalandUniversity of Gothenburg
SkåneRegion SkåneLund University
UppsalaRegion UppsalaUppsala University
VästerbottenRegion VästerbottenUmeå University
ÖstergötlandRegion ÖstergötlandLinköping University
Örebro (from 2015)Region Örebro CountyÖrebro University

The ALF regions are presented in order of the amount of ALF funds allocated.

Contact persons at the ALF regions

PublISHED ON 18 May 2018

UpDATED ON 21 August 2020

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