Nature magazine claims:
The financial crisis of the past few years has led to deep cuts in funding for scientific research by governments and charitable organizations, hiring freezes across university departments and academic institutes, and downsizing and restructuring in the life sciences industry. Despite signs of some reprieve, the global economy remains fragile, and the future of science funding continues to be at risk.
Is there some statistic or proof that expenditure on scientific research (not consumer based research e.g. smart phones) has been affected by the economy?