At the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), multidisciplinary teams are driving productivity and sustainability gains through applied research that is delivering transformational solutions in sectors of national significance.

189 Active Industry Partners
19 Research centres and groups
360+ Precinct occupants
216 Supported PhD Students

About NIER

As one of the University’s flagship research institutes, NIER’s research teams and industry partners are supported by a best practice engagement model that drives innovative outcomes and solutions.

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NIER facilitates activities that enable our research community to drive impact and deliver next generation resources to support resilient regions.


Discover how NIER research centres are finding solutions for the mineral, gas and water industries as well as developing optimised energy technologies while also examining the social impacts of the energy and resources sectors for communities.

Research Roadmaps

Research Roadmaps identify and define essential actions necessary to position the University as a major enabler of innovation, delivering scientific and technological advances to improve productivity, efficiency and ultimately competitiveness across a number of key priority areas

Annual Report

Annual Report

Read the 2021-2022 Annual Report

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Partnerships & Hosted Initiatives

NIER’s engagement model has an expanded agenda that encompasses a number of partnerships and regional and international initiatives.

These include a Pacific Node in Samoa, Doctoral Training Centres and the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub.


A series of publications and materials have been developed to showcase the breadth of our thematic research areas, technical capabilities and collaborative research innovations.

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