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Curian/Nicholas Convertible Arbitrage Fund

Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund’s Prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund’s Prospectus and other information about the Fund, including the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) and most recent reports to shareholders, online at http://hosted.rightprospectus.com/Jackson/CurianVariableSeriesTrust. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 1-800-873-5654 (Annuity and Life Service Center), 1-800-599-5651 (NY Annuity and Life Service Center), 1-800-777-7779 (for contracts purchased through a bank or financial institution) or 1-888-464-7779 (for NY contracts purchased through a bank or financial institution), or by sending an email request to ProspectusRequest@jackson.com. The current Prospectus and SAI, both dated April 30, 2012, are incorporated by reference into (which means it legally is a part of) this Summary Prospectus.

Investment Objective. The investment objective of the Curian/Nicholas Convertible Arbitrage Fund (the “Fund”) is to seek absolute return.

Expenses. This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.

The expenses do not reflect the expenses of the variable insurance contracts or the separate account, whichever may be applicable and the total expenses would be higher if they were included.

Shareholder Fees
(fees paid directly from your investment)

Annual Fund Operating Expenses
(Expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Management Fees
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees
Other Expenses1
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

1 “Other Expenses” include an Administrative Fee of 0.20% which is payable to Curian Capital, LLC and are based on estimated amounts for the initial fiscal year.

Expense Example. This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. Also, this example does not reflect the expenses of the variable insurance contracts or the separate account, whichever may be applicable, and the total expenses would be higher if they were included. The table below shows the expenses you would pay on a $10,000 investment, assuming (1) a 5% annual return and (2) redemption at the end of each time period. The example also assumes that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

1 year
3 years

Portfolio Turnover (% of average value of portfolio). The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the expense example, affect the Fund’s performance. The Fund does not have a portfolio turnover rate as of the date of this Prospectus as it has not completed a fiscal year.

Principal Investment Strategies. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by utilizing directional hedges on the underlying equity exposure of convertible securities invested in by the Fund. The Fund’s sub-adviser (the “Sub-Adviser”) combines traditional credit analysis with fundamental equity research and its expertise in small and mid-capitalization companies to analyze the equity securities underlying potential convertible securities investments.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not guaranteed. As with any mutual fund, the value of the Fund’s shares will change, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.

Convertible securities risk – A convertible security tends to perform more like a stock when the underlying stock price is high and more like a debt security when the underlying stock price is low. A convertible security is not as sensitive to interest rate changes as a similar non-convertible debt security, and generally has less potential for gain or loss than the underlying stock.
Investment strategy risk  The Sub-Adviser uses the principal investment strategies and other investment strategies to seek to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Investment decisions made by the Sub-Adviser in using these investment strategies may not produce the returns expected by the Sub-Adviser, may cause the Fund’s shares to lose value or may cause the Fund to underperform other funds with similar investment objectives.
Managed portfolio risk As an actively managed portfolio, the value of the Fund’s investments could decline because the financial condition of an issuer may change (due to such factors as management performance, reduced demand or overall market changes), financial markets may fluctuate or overall prices may decline, or the manager’s investment techniques could fail to achieve the Fund’s investment objective or negatively affect the Fund’s investment performance.
Market risk All forms of securities may decline in value due to factors affecting securities markets generally, such as real or perceived adverse economic, political, or regulatory conditions, inflation, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment. Adverse market conditions may be prolonged and may not have the same impact on all types of securities. The values of securities may fall due to factors affecting a particular issuer, industry or the securities market as a whole.
Mid-capitalization investing risk The prices of securities of mid-capitalization companies tend to fluctuate more widely and erratically than those of larger, more established companies
Small-capitalization investing risk Investing in smaller, newer companies generally involves greater risks than investing in larger, more established ones.
Short sales risk Short sales could result in loses greater than the actual cost of the investment. In addition, short positions typically involve increased liquidity risk and transaction costs, and the risk that the third party to the short sale may fail to honor its contract terms.
Performance. Performance for the Fund has not been included because the Fund has less than one full calendar year of performance. Performance for the Fund will be available once the Fund has completed one full calendar year of operations.

Portfolio Management.

Investment Adviser:
Curian Capital, LLC

Nicholas Investment Partners, L.P. (“Nicholas”)

Portfolio Managers:
Team In:
John Wylie
March 2012
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Nicholas
Catherine Nicholas
March 2012
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nicholas

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares
Only separate accounts, registered investment companies, and qualified and non-qualified plans of Jackson National Life Insurance Company (“Jackson”) or Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York (“Jackson NY”) may purchase shares of the Fund. You may invest indirectly in the Fund through your purchase of a variable annuity contract issued by a separate account of Jackson or Jackson NY, or through a Jackson or Jackson NY fund that invests in this Fund and directly through a qualified or non-qualified plan. Any minimum initial or subsequent investment requirements and redemption procedures are governed by the applicable separate account, registered investment company or plan through which you invest indirectly.

This Fund is not sold to the general public but instead serves as an underlying investment by insurance companies, affiliated investment companies, and retirement plans for funding variable insurance contracts and retirement plans.

Tax Information
Because the Fund’s shareholders are the separate accounts, registered investment companies, and qualified and non-qualified plans of Jackson or Jackson NY, the tax treatment of dividends and distributions will depend on the tax status of Jackson or Jackson NY, the investment companies, and the qualified and non-qualified plans. Accordingly, no discussion is included about the Federal personal income tax consequences to you, the contract owner or plan participant. For this information, you should consult the prospectus of the appropriate separate account or description of the plan and read the discussion of the Federal income tax consequences to variable insurance contract owners and plan participants.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries
If you invest in the Fund under a variable insurance contract or a plan through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s Web site for more information.