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The quest for a better lifestyle causes a high level of product consumption and consequently an increased consumption of resources. Sustainable and future-oriented resource strategy is therefore a key challenge for our economic action. The Institute of Materials Resource Management aims at the development and eco-efficient implementation of strategic, renewable functional materials, processes, products and technologies. The multidisciplinary approach should allow us to predict the potential of new products and technologies at an early stage. Therefore it is mandatory to consider in addition to the findings of basic and applied research in the field of Materials Science, the global availability of important mineral resources and all resulting dependencies and potential for conflicts. This is investigated using tools of Economics and Resource Strategy.