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The US NSF (National Science Foundation) carefully analyzes government and private spending on research and development (R&D) around the world and periodically publishes its findings in dense, detailed reports. This answer focuses on NSF’s data on US federal government subject-wise research spending. Figures are from the NSF’s 2014 Science and Engineering indicators report:http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/se…

In subject-wise research budget allocations, life sciences leads the pack by leaps and bounds followed by engineering, physical sciences, math/computer sciences, environmental sciences, psychology and social sciences in that order (see figures below).

 

https://www.quora.com/Which-scientific-fields-receive-the-most-generous-funding-and-grants-for-research/answer/Tirumalai-Kamala

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