DOSSIER-Cloud proposes a series of coordination and support actions for promoting research in the area of Software Engineering for Distributed Systems development. It brings together two internationally recognized scientific groups from the Netherlands (UvT) and Italy (POLIMI) that collaborate with Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) so as to strengthen CUT’s research and scientific profile in the relevant area. The aim of DOSSIER-Cloud is to facilitate transfer of scientific knowledge and expertise, as well as of best research practices from UvT and POLIMI to CUT. The ultimate goal is that the research group of CUT increases its research capacity and prowess, by investigating a number of significant and hot topics in the field of Distributed Systems development. We envisage that a number of high-quality research results may be produced during and after the duration of the project; this will enable CUT to significantly increase its international standing in the research community, by both achieving related publications in the top-tier scientific journals and conferences of our research area, as well as by producing new tools that will benefit practitioners in the software industry. Close cooperation between the partners of DOSSIER-Cloud will take the form of knowledge acquisition and transfer through personnel exchanges, organization of workshops and summer/winter schools with lectures delivered from UvT and POLIMI, participation in international scientific conferences/workshops and establishment of strong links with the software industry.