Regulations and prices


LiRI is a technology platform of the University of Zurich (UZH), specialized for linguistic and language related. It provides services for UZH members and external users. Fees for academic users are comparable to those of other Swiss universities. Commercial and other non-academic users pay full costs. Costs for consumables and supplies are charged separately.

LiRI's user fees fall in four categories. For categories 2, 3, and 4 below only prices for academic users are listed.

Current LiRI Fee Structure (valid from 1st of July 2022) as pdf document : Download (PDF, 75 KB)

User fees

Category 1: Fees for services and support provided by LiRI staff

Expert time is billed on an hourly basis. As of 1.7.2022 the following price structure is valid:

   UZH members and research collaborators pay 75 CHF per hour
   Members of other academic or public institutions pay 117 CHF per hour
   Other LiRI users pay 121 CHF per hour

The first consultation hour is free of charge. For larger projects, special prices can be negotiated.

Category 2: LiRI lab fees for installation of devices for use outside of the lab

Prices for LiRI lab loan equipment per installation

Regulations for loan of equipment for use outside of the lab:

a) The equipment will be loaned initially for a period of one week.

b) The loan period may be extended for further weeks on request (subject to availability).

c) After twelve weeks, loan equipment has to be returned for revision. A new installation is possible (subject to availability), prices for installation apply.

d) According to LiRI's general term terms and conditions, agreements are made and confirmed in writing, sent by post or email.

e) If you intend to pay costs for loan equipment with SNSF funds, and these were not included in your initial funding application, please check with the SNSF, if they cover the costs.

f) Fees for loan extensions are quoted separately on LiRI invoices.


  Device installations for experiments outside the lab

Price per installation in CHF

for academic users

per extension week in CHF  

  Portable screenbased Eyetracker

     (laptop with licensed software included)

370 22  
  Eyetracking glasses 110 20  
  LENA Basic Kit (with license laptop and 2 DLPs) 180 20  
  LENA Extra Recorder, each 15 7  
  Fieldwork camera Zoom Q8 46 12  
  Video camera SONY PXW-Z90 (4K, HDR, HLG) 60 22  

  EEG system

    (basic consumables and license laptop included)

560 100  
  fNIRS system 460 100  
  Transcranial Electrical Stimulator (tES) 100 20  
  Ultra-sound Tongue Imaging (UTI) 150 20  
  Electroglottography or Breathing Belt 40 20  
  Accessories and small phonetic devices 45 20  
  Laptop or dongle with licensed software 177 20  


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

Usage is billed per study participant.

Note that fees for the use of LiRI lab space (recording booths, EEG booths, testing 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
  EEG system (Brain Products or Biosemi) 50
  fNIRS 50
  Physiological Monitoring System 50
  Screenbased Eyetracker 30
  EMA (Electromagnetic Articulograph) 50
  Ultra-sound Tongue Imaging 45
  EGG system (Electroglottograph/Laryngograph) 25
  Breathing Belt 25
  Motion Tracking 45


Category 3b: Fees for the use of lab space

Usage is billed per hour.

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

Category 4: Fees for IT services

Detailed description of LiRI's IT services: Link to LiRI Wiki

Additional information: Central IT currently charges CHF 80 per TB and year.

Storage: In addition to the generated storage costs and Central IT's storage fees for single user storages (both SMB and SFTP), LiRI charges 1 hour per year.

A storage solution for multiple users (currently only SMB) is charged with 3 hours per year, plus storage fees. Included are the setup and changes to user access configuration.

for single user: CHF 75 per year

for multiple users: CHF 225 per year

Web space limited to 1 GB is charged at the rate of 2 hours per year, including access via SFTP.

For space requirements larger than 1 GB, the standard storage fee applies.

for 1 GB: CHF 150 per year

A standard Dokuwiki instance, with size per instance limited to 1 GB, is charged with 4 hours per year.

For space requirements larger than 1 GB, the standard storage fee applies.

Individually configured instances can be set up by agreement

for 1 GB: CHF 300 per year

Virtual Machines and managed servers: Costs for virtual machines on ScienceCloud are estimated on an individual basis.

A minimal setup typically amounts to approximately 10 hours per year.

minimal setup: CHF 750 per year

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 students: 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, lab space, IT services, 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 application development, 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.


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: