Regulations and prices


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 as direct costs for academics exclude the costs of maintenance.
  • costs for consumables and supplies are charged separately.
  • if LiRI employees collect and analyze data for users, costs for servcies are charged to the users on an hourly basis.
  • 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.


LiRI hosts infrastructure for use in Phonetics, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Language Development and Interactional Linguistics research. Additional 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.

Entries in the LiRI booking system for loan equipment and lab use, 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 services. 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

Category 1: Services and support provided by LiRI staff

Expert time is billed on an hourly basis. As of 1.7.2021 until 30.6.2022 the following price structure is valid:

   UZH members and research collaborators pay 57 CHF per hour
   Members of other academic or public institutions pay 89 CHF per hour
   Other LiRI users pay 121 CHF per hour

Category 2: Fees for installation of devices for use outside of the lab

Loan equipment is billed per installation. The following regulations apply:

  • as a rule the maximum period for a loan is 6 weeks
  • extensions of loan is possible: for one week, twice (maximum extension of 2 weeks; fees for loan extensions are listed separately on LiRI invoices)
  • every additional week (week 7 and 8) for mobile EEG system costs 150 CHF per week, for other mobile devices 1/6 of installation fee
  • after 8 weeks at the latest equipment has to be returned for revision
  • after revision, a new installation is possible, fees for installation apply
  Device installations for experiments outside the LiRI lab Price per installation in CHF for academic users
  EyeLink Portable Duo Eyetracker 474
  LENA Basic Kit (licence laptop, 2 DLPs) 276
  LENA Extra Recorder, Each 48
  EEG system with basic consumables and licence laptop 1'000
  Fieldwork camera Zoom Q8 102
  Video camera SONY PXW-Z90 (4K, HDR, HLG) 168
  Selected phonetic devices, e.g. EGG 186
  Tobii Pro G3 eyetracking glasses 222
  Pupil invisible eyetracking glasses 198
  tDCS brain stimulator 198
  Laptop or dongle with licenced software (Tobii Pro, ePrime etc.) 270

Category 3a: Fees for use of devices in the LiRI lab

Usage is billed per participant.

Note that fees for the use of LiRI lab space (recording booths, EEG booths, test cubicles, see below) are excluded here, but have to be added according to the hours the lab space is used.

Some devices can be used outside of the LiRI lab on agreement, e.g. ultrasound system.

  Device installations for experiments inside the LiRI lab Price per participants in CHF for academic users
  Resp Trace 25
  OptiTrack 25
  EyeLink 1000 Plus Eyetracker 25
  EGG system (Electroglottograph/Laryngograph) 25
  Laryngoscope 25
  Ultrasound 35
  Auditory Brainstem Response 45
  EMA (Electromagnetic Articulograph) 45
  EEG system 45
  fNIRS 45

Category 3b: Fees for the use of lab space (booths)

Usage is billed per hour.

  Lab space Price per hour in CHF
  Recording booth 15
  EEG cabin 15
  Hearing cubicle 5

LiRI Fee Structure as pdf document : Download (PDF, 70 KB)


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.  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, manager of LiRI: