On the path to a sustainable and circular society in Austria, research is making an essential contribution to developing and shaping the new technological approaches, methods and innovative business models required for a transformation. This is where government RTI funding provides impetus and opens up a sustainable potential for science and industry. The dissemination of research results also informs people about developments in the circular economy and raises awareness of the topic. Networking all players in the value chain promotes an intensive exchange of knowledge for the development of innovations.