The Nile Research Institute (NRI) is one of twelve research institutes under the National Water Research Center (NWRC) of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. NRI was so named in mid-1990, but has been in existence for many years under a variety of names. The year 1992 marks a crucial milestone in the growth and recognition of this important institution, its service and dedication to Egypt, and its contribution to the understanding of the mighty River Nile. The institute main function is to conduct applied research at the highest policy-making level in water resources management and development in Egypt.
Rational protection and development of the Nile River and Lake Nasser in a scientific sustainable manner, which is accomplished through carrying out data collection and analysis, and studies , implementation of pilot projects, and cooperation with other organizations sharing similar interests in Egypt and around the world.