A new hyperbolic shear and normal deformation plate theory, presented in this paper, is used to study the static, free vibration and buckling analysis of the simply supported functionally graded sandwich plates on elastic foundation. This theory accounts for the realistic variations of the displacements through the thickness. In the analysis, two common types of FGM sandwich plates, namely, homogeneous face sheets with FGM core and FGM face sheets with homogeneous core are considered. The elastic foundation is described by the Pasternak model. The equations of motion are derived from Hamilton's principle. The closed form solutions are obtained by using Navier technique. Numerical results of present theory are compared with three-dimensional elasticity solutions and other higher-order theories reported in the literature. It can be concluded that the proposed theory is simple and efficient in predicting the mechanical behavior of functionally graded sandwich plates. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.