National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This announcement solicits applications for the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) Program. The goal of this program is to make safe infant sleep and breastfeeding a national norm.

To reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)1 has issued a Policy Statement describing a safe infant sleep environment, including a recommendation for room-sharing without bed-sharing. The AAP also recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of life as additionally protective against SUID. Researchers have studied the dynamics involved in the decision making of mothers regarding how they chose to feed their babies and where their babies sleep. A recent study concluded that women with a strong motivation to breastfeed frequently bed share with their infants2 . To determine the prevalence of breastfeeding and sleep location practices among mothers in the U.S., researchers conducted surveys and an analysis of factors associated with these behaviors3 . The investigators concluded that many mothers have not adopted the AAP recommendations, and that providing advice to room share without bed sharing did not negatively affect the likelihood of breastfeeding among these mothers.

NAPPSS aims to increase the adoption of safe infant sleep behavior including breastfeeding among infant caregivers by activating champions of these protective behaviors within systems that intersect with families at risk. Examples of systems that serve infant caregivers include, but are not limited to, home visiting programs, food and nutrition programs, community-based organizations such as Healthy Start, housing assistance authorities, child care, hospitals, community health clinics, as well as health care provider networks such as pediatricians, family physicians and obstetricians.

This program endeavors to change individual behavior on a national scale with a multifaceted approach that ensures common messaging through engagement of multiple stakeholders, and support of organizations within service delivery systems that intersect with infant caregivers. 

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: September 14, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: October 27, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

An eligible applicant for funding in this competition is any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. § 450b). Community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply.



Amount Description

Approximately $1,000,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one recipient. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $1,000,000 per year. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2017 federal budget. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds can be awarded in a timely manner. The project period is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022 (five (5) years). 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

September 14, 2016

External Deadline

October 27, 2016