Well we know that more than half a century ago a bunch of idealogues of the liberal fascisti bent began a "long march through the institutions" so we know that a lot of the key positions in the federal funding agencies like the National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, EPA, etc are occupied by these people and their proteges. From those positions they have the power to not only determine the direction of scientific research but to pick winners and losers among the individual researchers as well.
There's a whole lot of incestuous friggin going on in the riggins of science.
After WW2, most anyone could get a research grant. Not coincidentally, it was also a period of intense progress in science.
IOW, he's full of it.
Nixon created boards to see who got money. Nixon wasn't a liberal... Science was getting more expensive, and Nixon had cut some science budgets, so something had to give.
They did try to pick winners. But they weren't very good at it.
Politics played a role, and since we're talking about Republicans...
So what is he whining about? It's because Sivad wants "a whole lot of incestuous friggin going on in the riggins of science."
Screwing science is something Trump does all the time.