This report presents the results of the initial survey among policy makers and mandated organisations who decide on programming Circular Economy research. These are the owners that decide on policy objectives and funding of circular economy programmes on European, both at national, regional and local level. The survey aimed at getting their input on priorities, issues, and international orientation. It also aimed at identifying potential front runners for CICERONE's joint programming platform for circular economy. The responses are translated into concrete pointers for the both the platform and strategic agenda. Tailored engagement with the many programme owners (POs) that have indicated interest in taking part, will be maintained.