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Table 1 Characteristics of the selected research funders

From: Research funders’ roles and perceived responsibilities in relation to the implementation of clinical research results: a multiple case study of Swedish research funders

Funders Function and mission Type of research funded Resourcesa Geographical scope and type
1. The Education Council Prepares decisions for funding by government All main types of research (medical, social science, technology, natural sciences) 370 million Euros National and public
Debates issues regarding allocation of public research funds
2. The Research Council for Medicine and Health Funds basic and applied research Medical (including clinical) odontological, pharmacological, care scienceb 32 million Euros National and public
Specific focus on medicine and health
3. Sweden’s Innovation Agency (Vinnova) Funds applied research Clinical, biomedical, health services, pharmacological 30 million Euros National and public
Health is one of the focus areas
4. The Vårdal Foundation Funds applied research Care science 4 million Euros National and private
Specific focus on health
5. The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation Funds basic and applied research Clinical, epidemiological, biological, care science, psychosocial 14 million Euros National and private
Specific focus on abolishment of childhood cancer
6. The Swedish Cancer Society Funds basic and applied research Clinical, epidemiological, pre-clinical, translational, care science 40 million Euros National and private
Specific focus on abolishment of cancer
7. The County Council of Uppsala Funds applied research Clinical 18 million Euros Local and public
Specific focus on clinical research
8. The County Council of Västerbotten Funds applied research Clinical 15 million Euros Local and public
Specific focus on clinical research
9. The County Council of Stockholm Funds applied research Clinical 41 million Euros Local and public
Specific focus on clinical research
10. Region Skånec Funds applied research Clinical 29 million Euros Local and public
Specific focus on clinical research
  1. aThe figures for the Education Council indicate how much resources they indirectly decide over, and the figures for other funders indicate how much they directly allocate to clinical research on an annual basis. Funds from funders 2–3 and 7–10 are included in the resources that the Education Council decides over. The figures are based on elaboration of statistics between 2008 and 2012
  2. bCare science is mostly a Swedish definition and includes different disciplines such as nursing science, occupational therapy, psychosocial research, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation
  3. cRegion Skåne is officially a region but has in general the same functions and tasks as a County Council