It's all a matter finite budgets and infinite demands
Whilst science research might be deserving of government financing, so do the arts and all the other demands assisted by government budgets.
The sad fact is what with fighting Blair wars, the Wall Street fiasco, Brown's sell-off of gold at a market low point many governments are strapped for cash.
All strata of society have to share in the pain of austerity, although pensioners needs deserve leniency.
Sorry, guys, you'll have to suffer with the rest of us. Mind you it would be nice if bankers faced the same cuts.