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, 487.6 kB. (Pdf, 487.6 kB)
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
|Stockholm||Region Stockholm||Karolinska Institutet, KI|
|Västra Götaland||Region Västra Götaland||University of Gothenburg|
|Skåne||Region Skåne||Lund University|
|Uppsala||Region Uppsala||Uppsala University|
|Västerbotten||Region Västerbotten||Umeå University|
|Östergötland||Region Östergötland||Linköping University|
|Örebro (from 2015)||Region Örebro County||Örebro University|
The ALF regions are presented in order of the amount of ALF funds allocated.