Integration and transfer of the r³ research results on securing a sustainable supply of strategic metals and minerals (INTRA r³ +)
It is true that strategic metals and minerals play only a minor role in terms of the quantities used, but they are essential for the manufacture of high-tech products. In view of their globally rising demand, it is crucial for Germany’s international competitiveness to secure a sustainable supply of these resources. To achieve the goal of greater resource efficiency, the BMBF funding program “r³ – Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficiency – Strategic Metals and Minerals (r³)” supports research and development into innovative technologies, services and methods. Research is being done in the fields "Recycling", "Urban Mining" as well as “Efficiency gains” and ”Substitution” in processes and products. In addition, a tool for measuring resource efficiency is being developed. Alongside these technology development projects, an integration and transfer project has also been launched to integrate, network and scientifically monitor the collaborative research alliances.