© 2015 International Spinal Cord Society All rights reserved. Study design:Literature review/semi-structured interviews.Objective:To develop a spinal cord injury (SCI) research strategy for Australia and New Zealand.Setting:Australia.Methods:The National Trauma Research Institute Forum approach of structured evidence review and stakeholder consultation was employed. This involved gathering from published literature and stakeholder consultation the information necessary to properly consider the challenge, and synthesising this into a briefing document.Results:A research strategy 'roadmap' was developed to define the major steps and key planning questions to consider; next, evidence from published SCI research strategy initiatives was synthesised with information from four one-on-one semi-structured interviews with key SCI research stakeholders to create a research strategy framework, articulating six key themes and associated activities for consideration. These resources, combined with a review of SCI prioritisation literature, were used to generate a list of draft principles for discussion in a structured stakeholder dialogue meeting.Conclusion:The research strategy roadmap and framework informed discussion at a structured stakeholder dialogue meeting of 23 participants representing key SCI research constituencies, results of which are published in a companion paper. These resources could also be of value in other research strategy or planning exercises.Sponsorship:This project was funded by the Victorian Transport Accident Commission and the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Network.