The overall aim of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg is to become an internationally leading research centre that is capable of establishing Luxembourg as a European centre of excellence and innovation for secure, reliable, and trustworthy ICT systems and services and thereby contribute to the development and diversification of the regional economy. The present PEARL project outlines a research program for a laboratory in verification and validation (V&V) of software intensive systems and services at SnT. V&V is instrumental in the development and design of reliable and secure software systems and is thereby a critical research expertise required at SnT. The program addresses both technical and managerial aspects of software V&V. On the technical side, the project will focus on both upstream V&V activities, such as requirements quality assurance and architecture analysis, as well as downstream V&V activities, primarily software testing. In addition, the successful application of new and improved V&V technologies requires that V&V activities be well-managed. In particular, project managers need to be able to identify and evaluate the trade-offs between dependability, cost, and timeline.SnT has a unique opportunity to attract a world-leading researcher in system Validation and Verification. Professor Lionel Briand is an outstanding researcher who can be credited of a number of groundbreaking results that have shaped this field. He has an outstanding scientific track record, a proven ability to build highly successful research teams, created impact well beyond the research community, and a global network within academia and industry. The SnT V&V Laboratory is well aligned with the impact oriented strategy of SnT bringing value not only to the university but more importantly to Luxembourg and our partners. The establishment of this SnT V&V Laboratory headed by Prof. Briand will create synergies with existing research activities adding long term value and raising the competitiveness of the University and partners supporting the centre.