LiRI is a technology platform specialized for linguistic research based at UZH. It provides infrastructure for linguistics and language-related research by members of the University of Zurich and external users. As such,

  • user fees have to be set at a realistic level for researchers.


  • charges for LiRI services must to be comparable to those at other universities or research institutions.
  • commercial and other non-academic users pay full costs, which include a market-based profit margin.


  • equipment user fees include the costs of maintenance and supplies when there is no close supervision or support (e.g. by a technician) while the facility is being used.
  • if LiRI employees collect and analyze data for users, personnel costs are charged to the users.
  • in the case of a research collaboration between LiRI team members and LiRI users, for example in third party funded projects, both parties count as users and pay user fees.


When fully operational, LiRI will host infrastructure for use in Phonetics, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Language Development and Interactional Linguistics research. Additional linguistics disciplines may come within the scope of LiRI as the field evolves and result in upgrades and alterations to LiRI equipment. The LiRI website will be regularly updated with a list of current devices available for interested users.


LiRI users have access to services and support by experts in:

  • Data management and processing, system administration, software engineering for the LiRI Information System
  • Laboratory technology for language-related experiments
  • Data acquisition
  • Language data science with focus on data acquisition, fieldwork, ethics
  • Language data science with focus on databases, data analysis, and visualization
  • Statistical support

Registration and admission

Each LiRI project must be registered and have a designated principal investigator. This person, the primary LiRI user, is responsible for the content, realization and finance of the project. A primary LiRI user can authorize further researchers, associate LiRI users. All users must register in order to have access to the LiRI booking system and infrastructure. The following information is needed:

  • Name and address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • If UZH: personnel number or matriculation number
  • Project title and project description
  • If third party funded project: name of principal investigator(s) and responsible project leader, name of the funding institution and project number
  • Billing address with a named person

The LiRI steering committee sets research excellence and feasibility criteria for assessing the suitability of projects. Depending on the scope of the project, some applications may also have to be approved by the steering committee. Applicants may be invited to present their project at a meeting of the LiRI team. On occasion, LiRI may ask for external expert advice when evaluating a project's suitability/feasibility.


Billing for the use of LiRI devices, server capacity, and staff services is on a quarterly basis, usually in April, July, October and January.

Device use is billed by usage time. Entries in the LiRI booking system (under construction), storage space and processing capacity reserved within the LiRI information system, and the detailed time sheets of the LiRI staff members are used to determine billable hours. Researchers using LiRI devices can work independently if it is proved that they are familiar with the equipment. If support or services from LiRI staff members are required, or if there is to be a research collaboration, these costs have to be individually negotiated for each project. Services and consulting provided by LiRI staff is billed on the basis of work orders and a record of actual hours worked. If the actual hours of work differ from the estimate, services are billed according to actual working hours.

The LiRI information system (LIS) provides users with server capacity for storage and processing, tailor-made processing pipeline for linguistic data and the setup and hosting of services, both self from internal development or by third parties. Access and capacity are managed by the LiRI system administrator. The prices for storage, TB/month, and processing, per CPU hour, are determined by  S3IT , LiRI's IT resource partner at the University of Zurich.

User fees

Services and support provided by LiRI staff are billed on hourly basis. There will be a gradual increase in costs over the next few years.

As of 1.1.2021 until 30.6.2021 the following price structure is valid for services of LiRI staff:

Academic LiRI users pay 37 CHF per hour
Non-Academic LiRI users pay 79 CHF per hour

As of 1.7.2021 until 30.6.2022 the following price structure is valid for services of LiRI staff:

Academic LiRI users pay 57 CHF per hour
Non-Academic LiRI users pay 121 CHF per hour


For non-mobile devices, there are separate rates for hourly, daily and weekly use. Long-term loans can be arranged for mobile devices that can be used during fieldwork. Consumables will also be invoiced. Work packages and services that are not listed below can be discussed and negotiated separately.

PLEASE NOTE: If you want to use Eyetracking, EEG and fNIRS equipment within a project funded by the SNSF, please contact the LiRI lab manager Andrew Clark ( for compiling a standardized quote for you. 

The following price list is valid as of 1.1.2021 until 30.6.2021.

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Researchers not familiar with a device must have an introduction and training session from a LiRI staff member. This will help to ensure successful data collection for your experiment and ensures that devices are operated safely and to the highest scientific standard. Training courses and teaching materials will be in place by the beginning of 2021. If you are interested in attending a training course, please contact the LiRI lab manager:

Any questions?

If you have any questions about these regulations or future developments at LiRI,  please contact Agnes Kolmer, operations manager LiRI: