No. Lab equipment, e.g., robotics for automated DNA extractions, cannot be purchased with the BJA funding. Resources to purchase lab equipment may be available through NIJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program. More information on the NIJ program may be found here: www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/lab-operations/evidence-backlogs/Pages/backlog-reduction-program.aspx. However, funding under BJA’s SAKI program may be used to support the implementation of sustainable automated and streamlined SAK processing procedures (i.e., assist with validations and the development of new Standard Operating Procedures). Further, BJA grant recipients may purchase an electronic evidence tracking system such as those that include barcode scanners and software that can be implemented in a lab setting.
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