Does anyone remember the Informix for Innovation Software Grant Program? This ended around the turn of the millennium and a few fragments remain. According to these details at the Synergos Institute the average total yearly giving was $5 million.
The legacy of these grants lives on in the form of continuing projects which benefited, such as SETI@Home. Another example is Bugscope (1, 2) which is still actively engaged in education programs. Other beneficiaries include Large Scale Distributed Information Systems and the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Some projects which came to an end like the Heron Middleware forImage Retrieval at the University of Augsburg spawned new research projects which are still ongoing.
Back in the present, IBM has the Shared University Research Program, the IBM Academic Initiative, IBM Research work with universities. They even have a Second Life training presence which "includes a giant labyrinth where software developers can build robots and race them against each other". What I don't know is whether Informix is involved in any of these current initiatives. If anyone happens to know I'd be interested to find out.