Delta Cafés and the University of Évora established the 'Rui Nabeiro' Biodiversity Chair at end of 2008, with the goal of supporting research at the forefront of the biodiversity and global change fields, as well as promoting higher education and science communication on the same topics.
The 'Rui Nabeiro' Biodiversity Chair was the first privately sponsored chair in Portugal. Core funding by Delta Cafés amounted to 100,000 euros per year during five years. These funds were the trigger to further fundraising up to three times higher than initial investment.
Although the core funding from the Chair has been discontinued, part of the team is now involved with the Portuguese Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (InBIO) funded through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).